Exhibits at Dumbarton

Take a step back in time to learn about life in Federal Period Washington, D.C. Explore our past exhibitions here and check back for a new exhibit in our galleries in Fall of 2024.

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Past Exhibits

100 Dollars Reward

100 Dollar Reward was open from February 2018 until August 2018. The exhibit examined slavery in Georgetown from its founding in 1751 to 1830 and …

Past Exhibits

Five Generations of Nourse Family Artists

For the Nourse family, art is a most cherished tradition. Early relatives passed their paintings down through the generations. Mothers imparted their skills on their …

Past Exhibits

The American Red Cross at Dumbarton House, 1942-1945

Historic Dumbarton House and the American Red Cross share a unique history of partnership. Dumbarton House became a Red Cross facility during World War II …

Past Exhibits

“Fran, Have you Supplied the Table?” Foods, Service, and Etiquette in the Federal Era

The Federal era in the United States (c.1790 to 1820) witnessed many high society gatherings and much genteel merry-making, all of which involved food and …

Past Exhibits

Music of the Federal Period

Americans in the federal era loved playing and listening to music as much as we do today. They marched, snag, and danced with gusto, expressing …

Past Exhibits

From House to Home: Reinterpreting Dumbarton House

How do the museum staff in a historic house museum determine what the house looked like when its early occupants made it their home? Which room was …